Depression and Anxiety

Depression

Our community is getting better at discussing depression and psychologists are using evidence based research, scientific insight and compassion to generate further education. Did you know there are different types of depression? Did you know that men and women can often present differently when suffering from depression? Are you aware that one does not have to be suicidal to have depression, and one does not have to be socially withdrawn to be depressed?

How do you know if you might be suffering? Psychologists work with you to understand more about your lifestyle, appetite, sleep, relationships, mood and outlook. We can develop a clearer understanding of your mood and work with you create a treatment plan. Depression does not discriminate and it is important every person who suffers has access to a professional network of people who are trained to listen to their concerns.“That’s the thing about depression: a human being can survive almost anything, as long as he or she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end. The fog is like a cage without a key” — Elizabeth Wurtzel.

Interventions include:

    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
    • Mindfulness based Stress Reduction
    • Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy

*be aware not all interventions are suitable for everyone and you should discuss your treatment plan with your psychologist.

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Anxiety

Anxiety is a word often used to describe an intense state of stress or fear, however those who have never experienced anxiety may not truly be aware of the devastating consequences it can cause. Anxiety is different from stress in that it causes a primitive brain response that triggers the nervous system to be ready for danger. Rapid heart rate, sweating, shortness of breath, dizziness, poor concentration and feeling ‘outside of your body’ are all symptoms that can be experienced when anxiety occurs. There are other unfortunate effects of these symptoms that can cause people’s behaviour to change. Someone may experience anxious symptoms and feel there is something wrong with them, that they are much more unwell than they actually are, and consequently use short term, ineffective ways of treating themselves, these include; avoidance, drug use or alcohol.

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It is important that as a society we understand that anxiety can cause suffering and it needs to be understood further. Let us learn about your symptoms, the way you have been interpreting your symptoms and look at ways to better manage how you respond to them. You are not alone and there is a way out of the maze of anxiety.

Types of Anxiety Disorders can include:

    • Generalised Anxiety
    • Panic Disorder
    • Specific Phobias
    • Social Anxiety
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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